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Rapha Condor film 'Sella'

In January Rapha and Condor ran a competition to give a young filmmaker the chance to shoot and direct a 2012 Rapha Condor Sharp team short at their training camp in Spain.

Andrew Telling’s previous work and fresh take on the team captured the judges’ imagination at the final selection workshop in February and he was chosen to go on the training camp. His film, ‘Sella’ (named after the arduous climb in Spain), is the result of his week with the team and captures the Under 23s and the older mentors in the beautiful setting of Sella in southern Spain.

Andrew’s compelling short perfectly captures the rhythms and rituals of training camp life for the U23s, with seemingly mundane tasks such as team meals, meetings and massage offering a marked contrast to punishing rides in the winter sunshine. To capture each rider’s style and personality on their bikes, Andrew spent hours interviewing each rider off them. Andrew’s dedication pays dividends out on the road, as elegant and innovative camerawork, set to Andrew’s own haunting score, results in a rarely seen glimpse of what it looks – and in some cases feels – like to ride among the pros.…

The 2012 season is a new beginning for the established UCI continental squad which has seen them ranked number one over the last three years. The ‘men in black’ had nothing left to prove in UK racing, and so the management and sponsors decided to pursue a challenging new direction.

The film competition reflects the different approach and ambitions of Rapha Condor Sharp and aims to provide a platform for a rising director to showcase their work.